‘인권 불빛 밝혀라’…납북자 송환 염원 촛불행사 열려
- 황인철 ‘1969년 KAL기 납치피해자가족회’ 대표 “北납치 전세계 공감…더 이상 혼자 아냐”
A little while ago I had an “off-the-record, no photos allowed” conversation with an influential South Korean who told me that he doubted TNKR would be able to raise money in South Korea. He said that my academic background and professional career in the USA would impress many South Koreans, BUT:
“If you organize a planning meeting for 100 people, but only three people show up, then you know what? You’ve got three people to work with. Get started with them, don’t focus the meeting on the 97 people who aren’t there.”
Korea Times, April 2014, “Man in the mirror, not the magnifying glass”
The TNKR tutoring machine returned. Today Grace tutored 6 refugees for nine hours, with only a short lunch break. This photo is from yesterday when one of the students canceled. She was hanging out, waiting for her next chance to tutor. Yesterday she tutored 4 refugees for 6 hours. I want her to do tutor reports, but I guess it would be unrealistic to expect her to remember details of each session.
A funny moment was when she politely suggested that I should test the refugees like I did last year at the end of each class. I would do that because they would be comfortable with her, so I wanted to break up the flow, to have the refugees explain what they had just learn as a way to reinforce. I could take Grace’s comment one of two ways:
1) That was great for the refugees or 2) You’re slacking off.
Another good sign for TNKR is that a group we have worked with before would like to have another event with us. They are in town for other reasons, but met with me today to discuss another joint event. They had many questions about the way TNKR operates by truly putting refugees at the center of our activities.
Three things I really loved: 1) watched the TNKR videos 2) they had specific questions about TNKR 3) they weren’t embarrassed to pose with Mini-Me KC and his miniature co-director.
I had a great time this morning on Arirang radio’s “Good Morning Seoul.”
A few random notes and observations:
* It was extra special because it was Park Eunhee’s first radio interview–and it was in English! So she was really nervous. Even after the interview was over, she was still nervous.
* I can say with completely confidence I will never give a live interview in Korean. I won’t even bother putting it on a bucket list.
TNKR Refugee Leadership Council Member 박은희 and TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue Jr. will be featured guests on Arirang Radio‘s “Good Morning Seoul” show tomorrow morning from 8:30 a.m. Eunhee should be speaking in English, so be sure to cheer her on, I think this would be her first radio interview in English.
(This is the world of radio, so we should be on as long as the South Korean president doesn’t resign or get impeached in the morning.)
This man is under a lot of stress. Why? He is in charge of two events this weekend. He usually eats a moderate amount, but he INHALED half of this pizza even before the pizza man had left the office.
It is now 10 pm on a Wednesday night, and he is now focused on arranging many things. I guess it doesn’t help that I have threatened to fire him if there is a poor turnout this weekend. Which will mean no more late night pizzas…
I had an interesting conversation last night with two graduate school students who are majoring in counseling.
We had a good feeling from the beginning because they had already seen the tvN special about TNKR. They already felt at home as soon as they walked in. They are including NK refugees in their research, so they wanted to talk with TNKR’s co-founders.
They got me to discuss a few things I don’t publicly discuss about TNKR.
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing free English learning opportunities to North Korean refugees. For more information, take a look at our About page.
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